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Polymers and soft materials news, April 2017

Scientists have developed a novel process for 3D printing structures using an ink made from simulants of Martian and lunar dust.

Open source hardware: first issue of HardwareX now available

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Using block copolymers on chemically-patterned templates, scientists have developed a new way to create some of the world's thinnest wires.

Advances in polymerization have enabled their use in cosmetics, drugs, biomedical devices, paints, coatings, adhesives, and microelectronics

Using polymer strands that contain a liquid metal alloy, scientists have developed elastic, touch-sensitive fibers.

A new method can select semiconducting carbon nanotubes from a solution and make them self-assemble on a circuit of gold electrodes.

A new self-healing, water-repellent, spray-on coating is hundreds of times more durable than its counterparts.

Injecting charge carriers can promote a chemical reaction that converts a polymer precursor into a graphene nanoribbon.

A group of Canadian researchers have investigated the optimal design for lightweight armour, using 3D printing and mechanical testing.

A new self-assembly technique using block copolymers can produce some of the narrowest wires yet for use on computer chips.

Subtle adjustments in the manufacture of a polymer-based carbon sorbent can optimize either carbon capture or methane flow.

Cutting edge research at the interface between physics and materials science.

Wide-reaching analysis finds more women in research but physical sciences are lagging behind.

Nanoparticles can be arranged into defined patterns in ultrathin polymer films using entropy rather than chemistry.

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